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CNET AOL, Microworkz talks signal "ISP-PC" convergence

Jun 25, 1999, 13:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

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"With AOL in discussions with upstart PC maker Microworkz and Gateway and others seeking to expand Internet services, the world seems to be headed toward the "ISP-PC."

"PC makers, desperate to diversify, and Internet service providers, interested in preferential screen space, are on a collision course that just may end up with these two types of companies becoming one and the same thing.

"America Online, for instance, is in discussions with "free PC" pioneer Microworkz about marketing AOL on its desktops, according to Microworkz chief executive Rick Latman.

"The deals or potential deals are coming fast and furious."

"Hardware, meanwhile, seems increasingly defined by its communications functions. A number of companies are considering a shift into Internet appliances. By definition, however, many of these products exist only to provide connection to communication services.

"Without service coming in, a set-top box is useless..."

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